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Ben Kersey is a writer and contributor to SlashGear and Android Community, currently based in London, UK. He would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today, and can be found on Twtter: @ben_kersey

HTC: “We are coming back.”

HTC: “We are coming back.”

Nokia isn’t the only company facing trouble, with HTC receiving a battering from Apple and Samsung in smartphone sales. The company has tried to streamline its product line, but consumers still seem to be turning to the Galaxy S line as well as the iPhone. Bloomberg reports that Peter Chou, CEO of HTC, has sent out a email designed to rally employees, describing how the company needs to get to grips with the current situation.

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Nokia committed to Windows Phone, new handsets coming soon

Nokia committed to Windows Phone, new handsets coming soon

Nokia is still struggling to penetrate the United States with the help of Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, but reports have suggested that the company is poised to launch new handsets at Nokia World on September 5th. Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, dropped a hint in a recent interview that Windows Phone 8 devices from the manufacturer would be coming “relatively near term,” according to a report from Reuters. Elop didn’t deny rumors of a September 5th launch either, so the first Windows Phone 8 handsets may be a few short weeks away.

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Alleged Samsung Galaxy Note II front panel spotted

Alleged Samsung Galaxy Note II front panel spotted

More and more details seem to be emerging of Samsung’s Galaxy Note II as we creep closer to the company’s IFA 2012 event on August 29th. This time it’s a leaked case part, with nowhereelse.fr throwing up an image of what seems to be the front panel for the handset, complete with a ruler in order to judge the screen size. The screen seems to come in at around 14 cm diagonally, which would confirm the 5.5-inch screen size that has been alluded to in previous reports.

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Netflix expanding to Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland

Netflix expanding to Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming media services in the United States, with the company recently expanding into the UK to try and woo the local population with easy movie and TV streaming. Now the company is setting its sights on the rest of Europe, today announcing that it will soon be available in Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Finland. Netflix says the full service should launch in those countries towards the end of 2012.

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Samsung argues that Apple’s designs are “obvious”

Samsung argues that Apple’s designs are “obvious”

Apple rested its case in the trial against Samsung this week, and now the South Korean company is doing everything possible to prove its innocence. AllThingsD reports that Samsung attempted to dismiss allegations that its products copied the design of the iPhone, with senior user experience design Jeeyuen Wang testifying that the company didn’t copy any of Apple’s icons. She went on to say that Samsung tested multiple icons, ultimately falling back on familiar pictures such as the traditional telephone because users responded better to them.

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iPad mini design detailed

iPad mini design detailed

Several reports have indicated that Apple is working on a smaller version of the iPad, said to be around 7.85-inches, but there haven’t been anywhere near as many leaks as there have been for the next iPhone. 9to5Mac believes it has solid information regarding the design of the iPad mini, however, suggesting that it will look like an enlarged iPod touch, with smaller bezels compared to the current iPads.

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LG sells five million LTE smartphones worldwide

LG sells five million LTE smartphones worldwide

Everyone may be scrambling to get their hands on Samsung’s Galaxy S III or lusting after the HTC One X, but LG has poked its head up just to let everyone know it sells smartphones too. The company has announced that it’s managed to sell five million LTE handsets across the world. One million of those were sold in the month of July alone, with LG citing strong LTE markets like South Korea, Japan, and the United States.

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Black Samsung Galaxy S III spotted at T-Mobile

Black Samsung Galaxy S III spotted at T-Mobile

If you saw the black edition of the Samsung Galaxy S III the other day and wondered when you might be able to get your hands on it in the United States, the answer might be “soon.” The black version of Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone has been spotted on T-Mobile’s website for all to enjoy, with what looks to be a glossy finish not unlike the white and blue versions of the phone. Jump onto the company’s website and you’ll be treated to a 360 degree spin of the black variant of the phone.

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Microsoft Surface reportedly aiming for $199

Microsoft Surface reportedly aiming for $199

Google and ASUS shocked consumers when they revealed that the Jelly Bean-based Nexus 7 tablet would retail for $199, but is Microsoft poised to do the same come October? That may be the case according to a report from Engadget. Microsoft was coy on the pricing details for its Surface tablet, with one report suggesting the 32GB model would retail for $599. According to Engadget’s sources, launch details suggest that the tablet will retail for as low as $199 on October 26th.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 event hits NYC tomorrow: join us!

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 event hits NYC tomorrow: join us!

Samsung is holding an event tomorrow, August 15th, to showcase the next entry into its Galaxy Note series. The drawing on the invite suggests we’ll be looking at something focused on using Samsung’s S-Pen, promising that we’ll “meet the new way”. Rumors suggest that we could finally be seeing the Galaxy Note 10.1 tomorrow, and judging from the various reports and release dates from international retailers that we’ve seen lately, that seems like a safe bet.

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